There are a number of factors that can cause the breast tissue to become stretched, resulting in breasts that appear deflated or saggy. A breast lift, also known as mastopexy, can elevate and restore the breasts to a more youthful shape and position. Dr. Lee B. Daniel is a board-certified plastic surgeon in the Eugene area who specializes in breast enhancement procedures. Here, he responds to some of the most commonly asked questions about breast lift surgery from his own patients.
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Women who have noticed that pregnancy, breastfeeding, significant weight loss or age have caused a degree of breast ptosis, or sagging, may benefit from mastopexy. A breast lift can correct sagging by lifting the breasts to a higher position on the chest and rounding the breasts into more youthful contours. A breast lift can also resize the areola or reposition the nipple, if necessary. Women who are in overall good health and who have realistic expectations about the outcomes of a breast lift may be good candidates for the procedure.
A breast lift can elevate the position of the breasts, but it won’t increase breast size or restore volume that may have been lost due to nursing or other life changes. For the right candidates, combining a breast lift with a breast augmentation can offer the best of both worlds. Breast augmentation can create fuller breasts while a breast lift corrects sagging, resulting in an overall more youthful profile. The two breast enhancement procedures can complement each other beautifully and can be performed simultaneously to minimize downtime.
Women with overly large breasts may experience pain or discomfort as a result of their breast size. A breast reduction removes fat and breast tissue to create breasts that are more proportionate with the body. When Dr. Daniel performs a breast reduction, he also includes the key elements of a breast lift to ensure natural looking results.
As with any surgery, some incisions are necessary when performing a breast lift. However, Dr. Daniel is careful to make the incisions as discreet as possible to minimize any visible scarring. The type of incision that Dr. Daniel uses will depend upon the extent of the procedure and whether any additional breast enhancement options are being performed at the same time. The anchor scar is one of the most common incisions to use during mastopexy. This incision type circles around the areola, extending vertically downward to the breast fold and extends with the curve of the fold. With proper care and good scar management, these incisions can gradually fade to a point of being hardly noticeable.
Immediately after surgery, you should be able to notice an improvement in your breast placement. However, for the first few weeks following your procedure you’ll experience some bruising and swelling, which can obscure your final results. It can take several months for the breasts to fully heal after a breast lift. By the 6-month mark, your figure should look perkier and uplifted, and be fully settled into your new silhouette. But the whole healing process is 1 year.